Composer John Williams Pulls Out of European Shows Due to Illness

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John Williams speaks onstage during Ambassadors for Humanity Gala Benefiting USC Shoah Foundation at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on Dec. 8, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.

Dirk Brossé will replace Williams at the London show.

Composer John Williams will no longer appear at a pair of European conducting gigs this week due to illness.

London's Royal Albert Hall announced in a Wednesday (Oct. 24) tweet that "owing to last-minute illness, John Williams greatly regrets that he is no longer able to join us for this concert and will be replaced by his colleague and dear friend Dirk Brossé."

The London show, slated for Friday (Oct. 26), is billed as "A Celebration of John Williams in Concert," with excerpts from some of his most beloved work, including the scores from Close Encounters of the Third KindHarry PotterE.T.DraculaThe BFGSchindler's List and Star Wars. “John is so sorry that an illness prevents him from conducting Friday’s concert, and he’s grateful to his friend Maestro Dirk Brossé for taking the podium in his place," read a statement from Williams' management. "He so wishes he could be with everyone, and the knowledge that 5,000 of his friends will be joining together to celebrate his music is a great comfort to him as he recovers. He wishes everyone a very joyous evening of music.”

The Vienna Philharmonic also announced that Williams's illness has resulted in the cancelation of his appearance at concerts scheduled for Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. "It would have been a great pleasure for us to perform with Maestro Williams and we wish him a speedy recovery," read a statement.

A spokesperson for Williams could not be reached for comment on the nature of his illness.


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